Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The Super Rabies Outbreak Continues in Quarantine 2: Terminal
I heard a few days ago that the teaser trailer for Quarantine 2: Terminal has hit the Internet. You can watch a high definition version of it here.
As the subtitle suggests, Terminal takes place in an airport terminal where an outbreak occurs of the mysterious virus from the first film. Unlike Quarantine, the sequel appears to have ditched the shaky, "found footage" style of storytelling in exchange for more traditional cinematography. Whether this will work to the sequel's advantage remains to be seen.
For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, the first Quarantine is the 2008 remake of 2007's [REC], a hit horror film from Spain. While Quarantine is very faithful to [REC] in terms of plot and execution, there is a very significant difference in their endings--in fact, the places where Quarantine deviates from the original [REC] story can be traced to its different ending. I don't want to give too much away about either film, I will say this: While both [REC] and Quarantine have been referred to by critics and fans as zombie movies, the ending of [REC] puts that film in league with other horror films such as The Exorcist, The Sentinel, Prince of Darkness and the Demons movies. In contrast, the ending of Quarantine puts it in the same company as Rabid, The Crazies, and 28 Days Later. The sequels for both [REC] and Quaratine differ considerably based on their endings ([REC] 2 was released in 2009), and rightfully so.
Personally, I prefer Quarantine to [REC] largely because of its ending, which I think works better with the plot, characters and setting. (Given the ending of [REC], I think that it would've worked much better if it were told from the point of view of a seminary student who is videotaping his visit to an isolated, rural monastery.) I'm glad to see Terminal continuing the story from Quarantine and I would like to see it answer a few questions that were introduced in the first film, such as who is responsible for the spread of the virus. At the very least, I'm hoping that this sequel is better than another similarly themed sequel, the ambitious yet disappointing 28 Weeks Later.